TCU–Texas A&M football rivalry

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TCU–Texas A&M football rivalry
First meeting 1897
TCU 30, Texas A&M 6
Latest meeting December 28, 2001
Texas A&M 28, TCU 9
Statistics
Meetings total 92
All-time series Texas A&M leads, 56–29–7
Largest victory Texas A&M, 74–10 (1986)
Longest win streak Texas A&M, 24 (1973–present)
Current win streak Texas A&M, 24 (1973–present)

The TCU–Texas A&M football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the TCU Horned Frogs and Texas A&M Aggies. After 72 consecutive meetings as members of the Southwest Conference (SWC) from 1924 to 1995, the series has yet to be scheduled in the regular season as a non-conference game since the SWC disbanded in 1996. In the most recent game between the two programs, the Aggies defeated the Horned Frogs 28–9 at the 2001 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl in Houston, Texas, as both teams were contractually obligated through their respective athletic conferences.

History[edit]

TCU and Texas A&M played 19 times before they were both in the Southwest Conference that was made up of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas universities. Until the early 1990s the conference started to fall apart when the University of Arkansas announced that they will move to the Southeastern Conference. In 1994, Texas A&M announced with other Texas schools, that they will join the Big Eight Conference to form the Big 12 Conference. TCU did not receive an invitation to join with Texas A&M, and so TCU moved to the Western Athletic Conference in 1996, Conference USA in 2001, and then the Mountain West Conference in 2005. In 2012, TCU finally got the chance to move to the Big 12 Conference with its other Texas rivals except for one, Texas A&M. Texas A&M moved to the Southeastern Conference in 2012. The future of the rivalry is uncertain.

Over the life of the series, the Aggies have shutout the Horned Frogs 21 times, and been shutout 9 times (including scoreless ties in 1909 and 1927). The Aggies hold the largest margin of victory with a 74–10 win in College Station on November 22, 1986 (the Aggies also hold the next ten-largest margins of victory, with each ranging from 34 to 56 points). The Aggies' current winning streak of 24 games from 1973 to 1995 and including the 2001 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl is the longest in the series.

At a yell practice before the 1930 TCU game, A&M Board of Regents member Pinky Downs '06 shouted, "What are we going to do to those Horned Frogs?" His muse did not fail him as he improvised, borrowing a term from frog hunting. "Gig 'em, Aggies!" he said as he made a fist with his thumb extended straight up. The phrase stuck, and with that the first hand sign in the Southwest Conference came into being, although TCU's "Riff, Ram, Bah, Zoo" cheer appears to be older. [1] Interestingly, the "Hook 'em Horns" cheer was also invented by a UT cheerleader prior to the November 12, 1955 UT-TCU game. [2] TCU wound up winning both of these historic games.

Game results[edit]

TCU victories are shaded ██ purple. Texas A&M victories are shaded ██ maroon. Ties are white.

Series record sources: College Football Data Warehouse.[3]

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